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stern 1

 (stûrn)
adj. stern·er, stern·est
1. Hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character: a stern disciplinarian. See Synonyms at severe.
2. Showing or expressing displeasure or disapproval; forbidding or harsh: a stern face; a stern voice.
3. Firm or unyielding; uncompromising: stern resistance.
4. Difficult to endure; oppressive: stern necessity.

[Middle English sterne, from Old English styrne; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

stern′ly adv.
stern′ness n.

stern 2

 (stûrn)
n.
1. Nautical The rear part of a ship or boat.
2. A rear part or section.

[Middle English sterne, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse stjōrn, rudder; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

stern

(stɜːn)
adj
1. showing uncompromising or inflexible resolve; firm, strict, or authoritarian
2. lacking leniency or clemency; harsh or severe
3. relentless; unyielding: the stern demands of parenthood.
4. having an austere or forbidding appearance or nature
[Old English styrne; related to Old High German stornēn to alarm, Latin sternāx stubborn, Greek stereos hard]
ˈsternly adv
ˈsternness n

stern

(stɜːn)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) the rear or after part of a vessel, opposite the bow or stem
2. the rear part of any object
3. (Zoology) the tail of certain breeds of dog, such as the foxhound or beagle
adj
relating to or located at the stern
[C13: from Old Norse stjōrn steering; see steer1]

Stern

(stɜːn)
n
(Biography) Isaac. 1920–2001, US concert violinist, born in (what is now) Ukraine

stern1

(stɜrn)

adj. -er, -est.
1. firm, strict, or uncompromising: stern discipline.
2. hard, harsh, or severe.
3. rigorous or austere; of an unpleasantly serious character: stern times.
4. grim or forbidding in aspect: a stern face.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English *stierne (in stiernlīce adv.); compare West Saxon styrne]
stern′ly, adv.
stern′ness, n.
syn: stern, severe, harsh mean strict or firm and can be applied to methods, aspects, manners, or facial expressions. stern implies uncompromising, inflexible firmness, and sometimes a forbidding aspect or nature: a stern parent. severe implies strictness and a tendency to discipline others: a severe judge. harsh suggests a great severity and roughness, and cruel, unfeeling treatment of others: a harsh critic.

stern2

(stɜrn)

n.
1. the after part of a vessel (often opposed to stem).
2. the back or rear of anything.
[1250–1300; Middle English sterne, probably < Old Norse stjōrn steering (done aft)]

Stern

(stɜrn)

n.
Isaac, born 1920, U.S. violinist, born in Russia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stern - the rear part of a shipstern - the rear part of a ship    
escutcheon - (nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed
back, rear - the side that goes last or is not normally seen; "he wrote the date on the back of the photograph"
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
skeg - a brace that extends from the rear of the keel to support the rudderpost
2.Stern - United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
Russia, Soviet Union, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR - a former communist country in eastern Europe and northern Asia; established in 1922; included Russia and 14 other soviet socialist republics (Ukraine and Byelorussia and others); officially dissolved 31 December 1991
3.stern - the fleshy part of the human body that you sit onstern - the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
body part - any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
torso, trunk, body - the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
Adj.1.stern - of a stern or strict bearing or demeanorstern - of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face"
nonindulgent, strict - characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint
2.stern - not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreatystern - not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty; "grim determination"; "grim necessity"; "Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; "relentless persecution"; "the stern demands of parenthood"
implacable - incapable of being placated; "an implacable enemy"
3.stern - severe and unremitting in making demands; "an exacting instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"
demanding - requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill; "found the job very demanding"; "a baby can be so demanding"
4.stern - severely simplestern - severely simple; "a stark interior"
plain - not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"

stern

adjective
2. severe, serious, forbidding, steely, flinty Her father was stern and hard to please.
severe warm, friendly, approachable

stern

adjective
Rigorous and unsparing in treating others:
Translations
صارِم، عابِس، قاسٍمُؤَخَّر السَّفينَه
přísnýzáď
agterstævnstreng
ahter
ahteriankaraperä
ridegszigorútatzord
skuturstrangur
bargskuģa pakaļgalsstingrs
korma
mrkosterstrog
akterpopa

stern

1 [stɜːn] ADJ (sterner (compar) (sternest (superl))) [person, look] → severo; [reprimand] → duro
a stern glanceuna mirada severa
a stern warningun serio aviso
he was very stern with mefue muy duro conmigo
but he was made of sterner stuffpero él tenía más carácter

stern

2 [stɜːn] N (Naut) → popa f

stern

[ˈstɜːrn]
adj [person, look, warning, measures] → sévère
n [boat] → arrière m, poupe f

stern

1
n (Naut) → Heck nt; the stern of the shipdas Achterschiff

stern

2
adj (+er) (= strict)streng; words also, character, warningernst; (= tough) testhart; oppositionstark, hart; with a stern facemit strenger Miene; made of sterner stuffaus härterem Holz geschnitzt

stern

1 [stɜːn] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (discipline) → rigido/a; (person, warning) → severo/a
I thought he was made of sterner stuff → pensavo fosse più forte

stern

2 [stɜːn] n (Naut) → poppa

stern1

(stəːn) adjective
harsh, severe or strict. The teacher looked rather stern; stern discipline.
ˈsternly adverb
ˈsternness noun

stern2

(stəːn) noun
the back part of a ship.
References in classic literature ?
She had returned, therefore, and resumed of her own free will, for not the sternest magistrate of that iron period would have imposed it -- resumed the symbol of which we have related so dark a tale.
And, on certain occasions in the experience of Cecilia and her sister, the most indulgent of fathers proved to be as capable of saying No, as the sternest tyrant who ever ruled a fireside.
These old legends, so brimming over with everything that is most abhorrent to our Christianized moral sense some of them so hideous, others so melancholy and miserable, amid which the Greek tragedians sought their themes, and moulded them into the sternest forms of grief that ever the world saw; was such material the stuff that children's playthings should be made of!
He answered me in a way that I did not understand, but with the sternest look that his face could wear.
Creakle had not preferred his claim to being a Tartar without reason; that he was the sternest and most severe of masters; that he laid about him, right and left, every day of his life, charging in among the boys like a trooper, and slashing away, unmercifully.
"I am surprised," said the king, in his sternest tone, "you did not follow the fortunes of the man M.
Stiff, lank, and solemn, dressed in an unusual manner, and ostentatiously exhibiting--whether by design or accident--all his peculiarities of carriage, gesture, and conduct, all the qualities, natural and artificial, in which he differed from other men; he might have moved the sternest looker-on to laughter, and fully provoked the smiles and whispered jests which greeted his departure from the Maypole inn.
Bumble's part: he being in some sort tempted by time, place, and opportunity, to give utterance to certain soft nothings, which however well they may become the lips of the light and thoughtless, do seem immeasurably beneath the dignity of judges of the land, members of parliament, ministers of state, lord mayors, and other great public functionaries, but more particularly beneath the stateliness and gravity of a beadle: who (as is well known) should be the sternest and most inflexible among them all.
There was a roguish twinkle in her sparkling eyes, that would have made its way to far less susceptible bosoms than that of Nathaniel Pipkin; and there was such a joyous sound in her merry laugh, that the sternest misanthrope must have smiled to hear it.
I am little better than a devil at this moment; and, as my pastor there would tell me, deserve no doubt the sternest judgments of God, even to the quenchless fire and deathless worm.
There they stood, in the first hour of wedlock, while the idle pleasures, of which their companions were the emblems, had given place to the sternest cares of life, personified by the dark Puritans.
Yet when Shakspere chooses, as in 'Othello,' to develop a play with the sternest and most rapid directness, he proves essentially the equal even of the most rigid technician.